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23 Jun 17
"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."
G. B. Shaw
BOW WAVE 710
Bow Wave Issue 710--Mea Culpa Edition
news and views on trade, insurance and risk
In this issue:
Poem of the Week
The poet Barrie Youde writes:-
Seniority and wisdom are two different things. It happens, sometimes, that those in positions of seniority behave stupidly; and in consequence remedial action needs to be taken and replacements need to be made. When my father was an apprentice he once gave evidence to an enquiry that the Master was so drunk that he had been seen on his knees at the bridge telegraph, praying for steam. Some things never change and, unfortunately, alcohol is not the only cause of stupidity. Sometimes it is pure commercial greed.
New Readers this week include:-
KH Kim, now retired but formerly with Hyopsung P&I Correspondents K Noussia of Exeter University
News of Readers
Frans van Dalen has retired after being employed in the shipping business for 48 years out of which 26 years were with Dutch P&I.
From Bruce Kesterton, Chief Executive Thomas Miller
(Re Bow Wave Issue 709--P&I Clubs Contemplate Merger)
I was always under the impression that journalists checked their facts before publishing?
[Note from the Editor--Mea Culpa]
Note from the Editor
Greetings. We revisit the notion of The Blob (see item 5) concluding that nothing much has changed.
Our good friends over at the Handy Shipping Guide have a few unkind words to say over progress in the US on the weighing of containers under the new SOLAS rules:-
John Green writes:-
While safe working is a major concern of ports and seafarers, accidents still happen. Could you imagine having an accident in a foreign country; how would you cope? For a seafarer in Felixstowe a few months ago, the support of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) helped him get through this and also provided reassurance to his crew mates and family that he was being looked after at this difficult time.
She also kept in touch with the seafarer’s crew mates, who were anxious and very concerned about him. You can read the full story at:-
Sea Horses--A Life Size Guide to Every Species by Sara Lourie (2016) Ivy Press, ISBN: 978-1-78240-321-0, 160pp
One of the great pleasures of writing and editing this zine is that people keep sending your editor review copies of books somehow connected to the sea which do not exactly illuminate our core areas of concern but which sort of add to the sum of what we appreciate about the world.
So it is that the Ivy Press has sent me their handy andsome book
The author has been the research associate on Project Seahorse for the last 8 years and writes with flair and precision on her chosen subject. Conservation concern is high and there are good sections on the things that industry can do to help sustain these coastal creatures. The maps showing the distribution of the seahorse all over the world are very good.
Man and Chinese apothocaries are blamed for the fall in the numbers of the species.
Sometimee later this year a collection of writing, columns and satires by your editor, drawn from the past thirty years, will appear under the title of Bumps in the Night. In this edition of the zine we thought it would be fun to feature our first ever Quarterpoints column in Lloyds List which appeared in July 1999.
Here is an extract:-
The other day I was reading one of our domestic British papers, the Sunday Times, when I came across a report by Andrew Sullivan who was attempting to describe the world as it now is in the post-cold war era. He says that we have simply given up the idea that either the State or the private sector has all the solutions to problems. Instead of the old struggle between people of the left and right we have instead a war against what the Americans nowadays apparently call “the Blob”. The Blob is defined as any entrenched bureaucracy or interest group-public or private-that stifles excellence and prevents problems being tackled by novel means.
Those with a passing knowledge of film history may also know that there was a film called The Blob in the 1950s which featured a teen aged Steve McQueen whose warnings to his fellow citizens that a vast amorphous polyp thing was about to engulf and consume them was ignored by townsfolk until it was too late.
These speculations led me to wonder just how observers would describe the features of the Blob in our small world. What qualities can you see as you contemplate the Blob in marine insurance?
Read the column in full here:-
Definitions as per Paul Dixon
ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people.
CHICKENS: The only creatures you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
GOSSIP: A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn.
SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
YAWN: An honest Opinion openly expressed.
WRINKLES: Something other people have. You have character lines.
2 female Boston Terrier puppies, 7 wks old, Perfect markings, 555-1234. Leave mess.
Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.
A superb and inexpensive restaurant. Fine food expertly served by waitresses in appetizing forms.
Dinner Special -- Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.
For sale: an antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
Four-poster bed, 101 years old. Perfect for antique lover.
Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.
Wanted: 50 girls for stripping machine operators in factory.
We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.
For Sale. Three canaries of undermined sex.
For Sale -- Eight puppies from a German Shepherd and an Alaskan Hussy.
Great Dames for sale.
Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.
Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.
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